We have plenty of reasons to split logs, not least amongst them our storied love of barbecue, but log-splitting technology could use a bit of an update. Chopping using a normal axe cuts into Scotch time, and hydraulic wood splitters are expensive . . . and also cut into Scotch time.
The Vipukirves axe ($270) aims to solve that problem. It’s an ingenious design, with a conventional blade portion but a curved part at the back end of the axe that detaches pieces of the log as they’re chopped. Check it out: